RM35,000 ceiling price for low-cost houses in Johor Baru


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 11 Nov 2003

BY MAZWIN NIK ANIS

JOHOR BARU: Low-cost houses within the city area can now be sold at RM35,000 a unit, said state Housing Committee chairman Samat Aripin. 

This is following a state decision in September to raise the ceiling price for low-cost houses, he said. 

“Developers cannot just simply charge buyers RM35,000 per unit just because we have raised the ceiling price. They will have to ensure their development projects are within the permissible area,” he said in an interview recently. 

Areas where developers can sell the units at the new price include those under the Johor Baru City Council, Johor Baru Central Municipal Council and parts of Pasir Gudang.  

Samat pointed out that the state government had agreed to raise the ceiling price after considering the cost and scarcity of land in the city area. 

He added that the new price would come with larger units with a built-up area of 680 sq ft. 

However, he said, developers would still be required to build units costing RM25,000 with a built-up area of 650 sq ft if the number of low-cost units for their projects was over 500. 

Samat noted that low-cost homes in other districts were still priced at RM25,000. 

On the income bracket for those eligible to buy low-cost units, he said those earning not more than RM2,000 monthly would be eligible for units priced between RM25,000 and RM28,000 while those who earned less than RM3,000 a month could buy units costing between RM30,000 and RM35,000 each.  

Those wanting to buy units costing RM50,000 should earn less than RM3,500 monthly while those eligible for units priced at RM80,000 must have a take-home pay of less than RM4,500. 

Samat said the state would continue to provide units for rent for those who still could not afford to purchase their own homes, especially those residing in the city. 

He added that low-cost units in Tampoi, Pasir Pelangi, Tebrau and Sri Stulang built under the Program Perumahan Rakyat (Public Housing Programme) were meant for that purpose.  

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